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VERBS, AUXILIARY. Shall assumed the meaning of compulsion with the second and third persons

Shall. You shall. He shall. On the other hand shall, being deprived by will of its meaning of futurity, gradually took up the meaning of compulsory necessity imposed by the first person on the second or third. Thus: "You shall not go," or even "You shall find I am truly grateful." (Not "you will find," but "I will so act that you shall perforce find," &c.)

The prophetic shall ("it shall come to pass") which is so common in the Authorized Version of the Bible, probably conveyed to the original translators little or nothing more than the meaning of futurity. But now with us the prophetic shall implies that the prophet identifies himself with the necessity which he enunciates. Thus the Druid prophesying the fall of Rome to Boadicea says-- “Rome shall perish.” COWPER.

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